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Paul J. Griffiths

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195125771

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195125771.001.0001

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Commentary and Anthology in Buddhist India

Commentary and Anthology in Buddhist India

(p.109) 5 Commentary and Anthology in Buddhist India
Religious Reading

Paul J. Griffiths

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses commentary and anthology in Buddhist India. Topics covered include Buddhist literature in India during the first millennium, teaching and learning literary works, and tools for writing. A brief examination of four Indian Buddhist works, coupled with what is known about the material culture of books and bookmaking in India during the classical period, strongly support the conclusion that writing was not then of much importance for the composition and display of literary works, and that while many works were stored in writing, this was done for reasons that had little or nothing to do with their redisplay.

Keywords:   Indian Buddhists, Buddhist India, commentary, anthology, writing, reading, India, bookmaking

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